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Should my kid have post-dinner snacks?

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In brief: Not usually

Bedtime snacks have some pitfalls: risk of dental cavities, poor daytime eating habits, or even obesity.
Encourage healthy eating at meals by limiting snacks and liquid calories during the day. Make mealtime social and enjoyable while modeling good eating habits. And if you do give in, make sure to brush teeth before sleep!.

In brief: Not usually

Bedtime snacks have some pitfalls: risk of dental cavities, poor daytime eating habits, or even obesity.
Encourage healthy eating at meals by limiting snacks and liquid calories during the day. Make mealtime social and enjoyable while modeling good eating habits. And if you do give in, make sure to brush teeth before sleep!.
Dr. J. Richard Klaas
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It depends on what time they eat dinner and go to bed.
Most kids eat 6 small meals/snacks per day. Just try to keep the snacks healthy, such as yogurt, cheese and crackers, fruit with a protein (cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, milk), veggie sticks, etc. Don't give a high sugar food without protein before bed because you'll risk low blood sugar during sleep. Top that apple with peanut butter!

In brief: Depends

It depends on what time they eat dinner and go to bed.
Most kids eat 6 small meals/snacks per day. Just try to keep the snacks healthy, such as yogurt, cheese and crackers, fruit with a protein (cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, milk), veggie sticks, etc. Don't give a high sugar food without protein before bed because you'll risk low blood sugar during sleep. Top that apple with peanut butter!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe

Children generally need to eat every 3-4 hrs.
If you have dinner early, or if you child goes to sleep more than three hours after dinner, it might make sense to give a healthy snack before bed. Remember to brush teeth after!

In brief: Maybe

Children generally need to eat every 3-4 hrs.
If you have dinner early, or if you child goes to sleep more than three hours after dinner, it might make sense to give a healthy snack before bed. Remember to brush teeth after!
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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